Fran Lexcen, Ph.D.
Director of Forensic Services
Child Study & Treatment Center
8805 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-4771
Phone: (253) 756-2970
Fax: (253) 756-3985

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Forensic Psychology Fellowship – CSTC

The University of Washington (UW), the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and Child Study and Treatment Center (CSTC) sponsor a year-long fellowship in forensic psychology. Psychology applicants must have completed their pre-doctoral internship and doctoral degree from an APA-accredited institution.

The program has a large and diverse faculty with advanced training in forensic mental health. The fellowship is designed to promote a wide variety of experiences in mental health law, criminal and civil forensic practice, consultation, treatment of the mentally ill offender, and research.

Juvenile Forensic Psychology

This track offers training in conducting pre-adjudication evaluations for juvenile courts (including clinical diagnosis, competence to proceed, mental state at the time of the offense, and risk assessments), coordinating restorative services to juveniles adjudicated incompetent to proceed, consulting with attorneys, and, occasionally providing court testimony. Training also includes inpatient treatment of adolescents with severe emotional, behavioral, and thought disorders (including individual, group, and family therapy with an emphasis on community involvement). Therapeutic approaches include behavior and milieu management, psycho-educational skills development, adventure-based recreational therapies, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Questions specific to this program should be directed to Fran Lexcen, Ph.D. (253) 756-2970.

The Child Study and Treatment Center (CSTC) is a 47-bed hospital for children and adolescents; its grounds are contiguous with Western State Hospital. Within CSTC there is a 7-bed security unit that houses forensic patients and others with special needs. During the year the fellow has an opportunity to collaborate with WSH and SCC postdoctoral fellows and pre-doctoral interns from WSH's APA approved internship program.

The forensic faculty teaches weekly 3-hour seminars over the academic year addressing the full range of forensic topics required by the APA for accreditation, and other supplemental forensic topics. In addition, fellows are required to participate in a weekly psychololegal discussion group that reviews and discuses landmark cases and other essential readings in the field.

Fellows also participate in training exercises (mock legal procedures) with law students from the Seattle University School of Law. When possible, fellows are also given the opportunity to gain direct experience providing expert testimony in criminal and civil court. Additional ongoing educational opportunities are offered covering: psychological assessment, developmental psychopathology, forensic report writing, and expert testimony.

Fellows complete a research project or a scholarly work under faculty supervision during the year. The fellow may join an ongoing project or choose to begin a project in his/her area of interest.

The fellowship program is located in wooded and attractive Steilacoom, Washington, in the South Puget Sound area. Steilacoom is located minutes from Tacoma, one hour from Seattle, two hours from Portland, Oregon, and four hours from Vancouver, B.C. The scenic Puget Sound and surrounding mountains offer unparalleled recreational opportunities.

Salary and Benefits:
The stipend for the postdoctoral fellowship in psychology is in line with the postdoctoral stipends of NIH per year plus benefits. Benefits include vacation leave, sick leave, educational leave and medical/dental insurance.

Funding for the position is in the budget of the sponsoring institutions but a guarantee is not possible until the governor has signed the requisite budget bill.

Application Procedure:

Entrance requirements for Psychologists:

1. Graduation from an APA accredited doctoral program in psychology is required. If the candidate has not received the degree at the time of application, s/he must supply letters from the director of his/her training program and dissertation chair (when applicable) attesting that the candidate is expected to receive the doctoral degree before the fellowship start date.

2. Completion of an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship program is required. A letter from the director of the program attesting that the candidate is expected to complete his/her pre-doctoral internship before the start date is required.

Application Materials:

  1. Documentation that the above entrance requirements have been met.
  2. Statement of interest and career intent, including clear
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. Curriculum Vitae.
  6. Sample of a completed and sanitized clinical report (forensic clinical evaluation preferred.)
Application materials will be accepted and reviewed as early as September 15 in the year preceding the fellowship. Applications must be complete by midnight, January 31 of the year of the fellowship start date.

Send all application materials to:
Diane Pearson
9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Tacoma, WA 98498-7213
253-756-3987 (fax)

Program content questions:
Training Director
Fran Lexcen, PhD
Child Study and Treatment Center

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